Figurants EP – new music to be released Feb 1, 2016

Figurants, the wraith says they’re called, these surreally mute background presences whose presence really revealed that the camera, like any eye, has a perceptual corner, a triage of who’s important enough to be seen and heard v. just seen.”
Infinite Jest, pg. 835

Receiving acclaim for his work as both bassist and composer, Brad Cheeseman has been steadily positioning himself as a unique voice in Canadian jazz. Considered by some to be “one of Canada’s bright new jazz composer-artists,” his music has been described as having the “subtleties of the best modern jazz music” with a strong emphasis on musical storytelling. On Figurants, Cheeseman brings this idea full circle with his most ambitious work yet: a series of new compositions based on David Foster Wallace’s landmark novel Infinite Jest.

Joined by Brad Cheeseman Group alumni Lorenzo Castelli (drums) and Jeff LaRochelle (tenor sax & bass clarinet), as well as Kevin Stolz (piano), Colleen Allen (alto & soprano sax), and Aidan Sibley (trombone), Figurants explores various characters, chapters and themes from Wallace’s novel, using varying instrumentation and moods to set each scene. Whether it’s the urgent quartet performance on “Year of Glad” or the elegant complexity of “Scaling Mt. Dilaudid,” Figurants looks at both the themes and world of Wallace’s novel while recognizing their parallels in the world around us.

Selections from Figurants will be premiered at Spectrum Music’s upcoming “Literary Landscapes” concert.

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1. Year of Glad (4:34)
2. The American Century as Seen Through a Brick (6:45)
3. The Wraith Himself (6:45)
4. Scaling Mt. Dilaudid (7:31)

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Summer Update

Here’s what’s been going on lately:

Brad Cheeseman Group

The BCG played at Burlington’s Sound of Music festival back on the 16th, and it was a blast. There aren’t any more shows currently scheduled so I’m hoping to use the time to work on some more new material. Hopefully the next time you see us there will be a lot of new additions to the repertoire! Until then, the EP is still available at Bandcamp if you haven’t checked it out yet.

Brownman Electryc Trio
Brownman’s new Electryc Trio record, Gravitation, was released today and I am featured on the second track, “Ladybird”. This album also features a bevy of amazing bass players, including Marc Rogers and the one and only Damian Erskine. Go pick up a copy at CD Baby or iTunes!

Gravitation: a Study in Freefall
I will also be playing with this insanely talented band at the Beaches Jazz Festival on July 25, 26 and 27.

Now Playing
Here are a few of the records I’ve been digging lately:

Mathias Eick – Skala
Mingus Big Band – Nostalgia in Times Square
Peter Erskine New Trio – Joy Luck
TesseracT – Altered State
Yellowjackets – Mint Jam

Other Notable Upcoming Gigs
July 15: John Cheesman Jazz Orchestra – The Rex, Toronto
July 25/26/27: Brownman Electryc Trio – Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto

As always, be sure to keep checking back. I’m always adding new transcriptions, gigs and other content.

ArtsAbled tonight

I recently sat down to talk with Dr. Andrew Scott, a fantastic guitarist/scholar/educator and all around wonderful person, about the Brad Cheeseman Group’s new EP Mixed Messages. That interview will be airing TONIGHT at 9PM on Humber Radio. Listen live at radio.humber.ca, or check out the podcast at anytime at the ArtsAbled homepage.

Mixed Messages EP out now!

I’m proud to announce the Brad Cheeseman Group’s Mixed Messages EP is now available for stream/purchase at http://bradcheeseman.bandcamp.com. The recording features a selection of original material that the band had been working on since 2011, and was recorded in the fall of 2012. Please take a listen and if you like it, show it to others!

1. Mixed Messages
2. Winter Solstice
3. Seven Sages

Brad Cheeseman – Bass
Matt Burns – Drums
Robert Chapman – Guitar
Sam Kogen – Piano & Keyboard
Jeff LaRochelle – Tenor Saxophone

Produced by Devin Chubb
Recorded and Mixed by Phil Spencer
Mastered by Peter Moore
Artwork by Michael-Vincent Laviolette
Photography by Robert Stirling
All compositions and arrangements © 2013 Brad Cheeseman (SOCAN)

BCG show and EP announcement

This Friday (April 12), the Brad Cheeseman Group will be playing at the Tranzac, along with fellow Humber-ites Midcoast. We will be playing songs from the EP as well as some others (old AND new!). The lineup for this one will be myself, Robert Chapman (guitar), Sam Kogen (keyboard), Andrew Racknor (alto sax) and Ian Wright (drums). Kudos to Andrew and Ian for filling in and braving my tunes – these guys are incredible musicians! Cover is Pay What You Can, so come out. We may even be giving away download codes for the EP!

and speaking of the EP…

The Mixed Messages EP will be available for download on Friday April 12. Stay tuned for the official announcement.